The Tokyo TV Forum 2011 held in December last year received widespread attention due to the holding of Japan’s first pitching sessions. Fortunately, the forum also received high praise from participants, and we were able to achieve great results exceeding our expectations. Lying beneath our achievements was the keen interest from around the world on how Japan was recovering from the unprecedented catastrophe of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

One year has passed since the Tokyo TV Forum 2011, and attention from around the world will again focus on this year’s forum for how and what will be communicated.

27 projects selected from 53 projects submitted from domestic and overseas documentary producers will be presented. Needless to say, reconstruction from the earthquake continues to be a major issue, however, the selected projects once again make us keenly aware of the diversification and level of seriousness of issues facing Japan, and at the same time, they turn our attention to the unique, affluent, and deep allure of Japanese society and culture. The capability of documentary producers will be tested as to how this Japan will be communicated overseas.

This year, we allocated several selections for projects from Asia with the aim of deepening coordination with Asian producers. Therefore, projects recommended from Taiwan and Korea will also be presented.

In addition, this year, we worked on nurturing human resources by holding workshops from the proposal submission step and providing training sessions on methods for producing globally competitive programs. Furthermore, we will also work on providing a wide variety of detailed support to ensure selected projects lead to co-productions.

Finally, it is my sincere hope that many projects will be adopted and lead to tangible co-productions which contribute to strengthening contents transmission from Japan.

Yukihiko Amagi
Director of the Tokyo TV Forum